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Playing ball with Bolsonaro’s head yields death correction to art collective

A video shared on social networks where young people play football with the head of the Brazilian president led the authors to receive. The project of the Indecline collective, Freedom Kick, also includes the head of Trump and Putin and has already announced more than 140 thousand comments, some of them talking about death, others in prison.

A teenager watches videos of President Jair Bolsonaro sitting on a staircase emblazoned with graffiti by the murdered councilwoman Marielle Franco. Then, the young man puts his cell phone in his pocket and skates the streets of São Paulo. He then arrives at a cemetery and removes Bolsonaro’s head from a grave wrapped in a garbage bag, which is used as a soccer ball in a neighborhood court.

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Latin America has a history with dictators. In particular, the Fifth Brazilian Republic was known for killing dissidents. And Jair Bolsonaro is known for his masturbatory speeches that outline his wet dreams of reinstating this policy. He is offended by homosexuality, feminism and socialism, but gets a real hard-on with every fantasy of violence against his political opponents. But those opponents aren’t so stiff, and they bring both the joy and movement to their resistance that has made Brazilian’s such as Pele an icon the world over. In soccer, a free kick is a chance to stop play for a moment and redress a foul. In democracy, freedom of speech is the illuminating force that stops tyrants from getting away with murder. Like most muscles, it must be exercised or it will wither away. Despots use fear to keep their populations in line. Activists use joy and humor to keep them engaged. It’s an old game, and the score keeps changing, but we all keep playing. Freedom Kick is a chance for us to reset after years of foul play and unsportsmanlike conduct. Although those with power love to tout politics as a game, for so many the stakes are too high to play around. Football has always been a team effort, involving community and organization, while dictatorship is more of a solo sport. Like they say, there is only one ball. That’s a perfect metaphor for our heads of state. And our job is to kick it mercilessly until we find a way to turn each of our individual efforts into a team victory. INDECLINE x @eugeniomerinoestudio

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The football game with the head of the president is the newest chapter of the project “Freedom Kick”, or kick of freedom, an action of the American collective of street art Indecline with the Spanish artist Eugenio Merino. The initiative promotes amateur soccer matches in which the balls are silicone replicas of heads of leaders that the group defines as populists – in addition to the Brazilian, Russian Vladimir Putin and American Donald Trump have already taken to the field.

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